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Adopting in Alberta

General Adoption Information

There are three main systems of adoption in Alberta - Public, Private and International.

In Alberta, public adoptions are overseen by the government agency, Alberta Children's Services (ACS). Most of the children in the care of ACS have special needs. These special needs could include being part of a sibling group that needs to stay together, children who are between the ages of 8 and 18 years of age, and children who may have medical, physical, developmental, learning and emotional problems. There are also children who have been abused and/or neglected. These children are matched with adoptive families that are approved and given specialized training by the Ministry.

Private adoption is another option for Albertan families. There are five non-goverment, non-profit adoption agencies that are licensed to arrange private domestic adoptions. Most of the children available through private adoption are newborns or young infants. In most situations, the birth parents play an active role in choosing their child's adoptive family and open adoptions are common. Private adoptions are expensive and most costs are the adoptive family's responsibility.

International or "Intercountry" adoptions have become increasingly popular over the last decade and many Albertans are choosing this route to expand their families. Alberta families can adopt a child through the government of the child's country or pursue a private international adoption.



For more information about adoption in Alberta, visit Alberta Children's Services web site (click here)

Alberta Adoption Application Forms
Alberta's Adoption Statistics forApril 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008 (click here)

Read: Alberta's Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act




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